GUBA 2015?s Night of Elegance and Gathering of Excellence
A night of celebrating consistent achievers, motivational speeches and a fantastic gathering of British Ghanaiansperfectly sums up the GUBA 2015 awards ceremony.
Amma Asante AwardThe Hilton Metropole Hotel, Edgware Road, London, was host to this year?s Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards which sawdignitaries such as the Former First Lady of Ghana ? Nana KonaduAgyeman Rawlings, Ghana High Commissioner to the UK- HE Victor Smith, Mayor of Royal Borough of Greenwich ? Norman Adams, Councillor John Fahy, Lord Hastings, KwesiKwarteng MP, Diane Abbott, and Baroness Doreen Lawrence.
The Kingston University Choir of the University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY), founded by former GUBA winner- Lorraine Wright, set the tone of the night with a melodic rendition of the Ghana National Anthem. They were shortly followed by Comedian Simply Andy who gave a comedic delivery to the audience. Journalist Afua Hirsch and Media Personality Kwame SefaKayiwere the hosts on the night.
The former First Lady of Ghana -Nana KonaduAgyeman Rawlings graced the stage to present the Pioneering Director Award to Amma Asante. An advocate for female empowerment, Mrs Rawlings stated: ?As African women, we have held our continent together. We have transformed our continent? whilst expressing delight and admiration of the work of Amma Asante.Amma Asante dedicated her award to her father, whilst reflecting on the difficulty of success within the media industry – ?I hope that my story is an inspiration for all? she concluded.
On receiving the Business Entrepreneur Award, Nana Kwame Bediako asserted the need for improvement in Ghana ?We will work hard to change our country, to change Africa and to effect change- he concluded. DrKwabenaDuffuor shared similar sentiments in his acceptance speech urging the audience that ?we need to work to develop a country that our children will be proud to call their own.?
Several awards were presented by sponsors and supporters such as:GillianBlavo ofBlavo and Co, Felix Nyarko-Pong CEO of uniBank Ghana, Eddie Kadi on behalf of Ultimalt and Genevieve Boateng Head of Marketing ABN TV to name a few.
One of the surpriseson the night involved a presentation from the GUBA Team to GUBA CEO Dentaa. The presentation was a reward for her resilience with the GUBA awards and her dedication to Ghana. Jon Benjamin, British High Commissioner to Ghana, handed over a family portrait and which was followed by a moving speech by Dentaa. Jon Benjamin in return was presented with a signed West Ham United FC Jersey for his continued support to GUBA.
Talented Ghanaian songstress Becca, ended the night with a soulful performance that entertained the crowd alongside the Compozers, and ended the night on a perfect note.
The GUBA 2015 Awards captured the essence of Ghana: unity, support and culture. It was a gathering of like-minded individuals with the objectivetoimprove Ghana and our continent Africa. The award ceremony will be shown on Sunday the 26th of July 2015 on ABN TV Sky 235
The winners of the GUBA 2015 Awards were:
? PenielEnchill ? GUBA Artist Extraordinaire Awards
? Timothy Amadi ? GUBA Young and Talented Award
? Daniel Amoateng ? GUBA Humanitarian Award
? Bradley Poku-Amankwah ? Best Student Achiever
? Vanessa Hagan ? Runner Up: Best Student Achiever
Black Star Awards
? Amma Asante – Pioneering Director
? Rev Kingsley Appeagyei – GUBA Benevolence Award
? Dr Osei Kwame – Enterprise Mogul
? Dr Anthony Pile – British Service to Ghana Award
? Nana Kwame Bediako – Business Entrepreneur Award
? Azumah Nelson – Sporting Legend
? Dr KwabenaDuffuor – Exceptional Achievement Award
? Prof Edward Ayensu – Life Time Achievement Award
? Dr Joyce Rosalind Aryee – Inspirational Woman
? Nathan KwabenaAdisi aka Bola Ray – Media and Entertainment Award
? Mrs KwansemaDumor on behalf of KomlaDumor
GUBA 2015 was sponsored by: Bronze Sponsors – Blavo and Co. Solicitors and uniBank Ghana.
? Category Sponsors: Gamank Group, ABN TV (SKY 235), Mendiata Hotel, Ultimalt, Vodafone Business Solutions, LOTS Enterprise, Hub perfect Herbal and Joy Dadi Bitters Industries
? Launch Sponsors: British High Commission, Ghana.
? Event Management: Evolution International, Precise Marketing, Chelsique Bespoke Events, the Arc Event Management.
? Media Sponsors: ABN TV (SKY 235), 4syteTV, StarrFM, The Voice Newspaper, HotDigital online FM, Diplomatic Call, Peace FM, The British Blacklist, Inspirational You, CypressGhana, Screen Nation, UTV, Panache Occasions, Business and Financial Times.
? Accessories and Cloth Sponsors: Eboni Accessories, Kente Queen, DuabaSerwaa and A-Cote Collections.
? GUBA Graphic Designers: D- Art Factory and Treasured Memories
? Official Video Production: Nuquari Arts Studios
? Official photographers: FAB photography, Armah Nubian Photography, 7in Photography and A-KLASS photography

George Ameyaw (Left) Dentaa (middle) Jon Benjamin (right)

Artist Extraordinaire Finalists

Dr Joyce Aryee

Dr Duffuor

Azumah Nelson

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